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What’s Cooking At the Nurburgring?

Lately, there has been a number of interesting lap times set at the famous Nürburgring circuit.  I’ll let you in on a few of these.  I’m guessing you know where the Nürburgring is, so I won’t diverge onto whereabouts it is and onto its interesting history info. Google it if you’re not sure.

One of the quickest everyday production cars to have completed the Nürburgring has been the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI prototype.  In the hands of the rally legend Tommi Mäkinen, the WRX was flung around the circuit in a very slick 7 minutes and 55 seconds.  This was, at the time, the quickest production sedan to date.  Who did it beat?  Subaru was able to edge out the mighty quick Porsche Panamera Turbo, which clocked a (still unofficial) 7 minutes and 56 second lap time.

The new WRX winging it on the corner at Nurburgring.
What about the quickest front-wheel-drive production car, to date?  Again, in the hands of an expert, the Renault Megane Sport has the quickest time for the track at 8 minutes 7.97 seconds.

So who is the quickest at ‘The Ring’?  The car comes from the USA, and is none other than the very potent 2012 Corvette ZR1 prototype.  What I like about this car is that it is not a jazzed up race car, per se.  As it is a production going car, the
phenomenally quick lap time of 7 minutes and 19 seconds is incredible.

Not far off the Corvette’s pace is the Nissan GTR.

Just recently Lexus powered their 24 Hr race car: the Lexus LFA around the track to keep Corvette honest.  7 minutes and 22 seconds isn’t that much slower than the time set in the production Corvette ZR1.

I guess I’ve always enjoyed seeing how my favourite cars get around the Nürburgring.  If you’re interested
you might like to take a look at the Nürburgring web page.

I wonder what sort of time an FPV or HSV machine would set for getting around the Ring.  In my hands
it would be a little slower, however in the right hands they would probably give a few of the top sedans a run for their money.

A great You Tube watch is Russia’s version of how Top Gear should be done.  They were able to take an
automatic version of Hyundai’s rear-wheel-drive Genesis 3.8-litre V6 Coupe around the Nürburgring – and pass some quick Porsche GT3 cars along the way.

If you are keen on seeing how quick your car is, why don’t you get in touch with your local race circuit and arrange a time to smoke your wheels over their tarmac, so to speak.
They are generally more than happy to accommodate a few hot laps in a time that suits their schedule.  Besides,
everyone needs to experience how to control a slide; wouldn’t you say?

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